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Protesters demand justice for Ralph Yarl

Protestors gathered in downtown Kansas City yesterday to show their support for Ralph Yarl, the Black teen shot last week when he accidentally went to the wrong house. The accused shooter, Andrew D. Lester, was arrested but released on bond. Plus: How have Mayor Quinton Lucas’ promises matched up to the reality of his first term?

Hundreds of protesters rallied in front of the federal courthouse in downtown Kansas City in support of Ralph Yarl, the 16-year-old who was shot twice when he rang the doorbell of the wrong house last week trying to pick up his brothers. The shooter, Andrew Lester, turned himself in to law enforcement Tuesday afternoon and subsequently bailed himself out. He's charged with felony assault and armed criminal action. But protesters say those charges aren't sufficient — and they continue to question why law enforcement took so long to arrest him.

Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas is wrapping up his first term and is all but guaranteed to win another. He made a lot of promises to voters during his first campaign. KCUR’s Celisa Calacal checks in on whether he delivered.

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